PM, Wen dine together after talks on "difficult" issues

Hours after their discussions on "difficult" issues between their countries, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao Friday night raised a toast with each other and chatted informally at a dinner.

Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 23:57 PM IST

Hanoi: Hours after their discussions on
"difficult" issues between their countries, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao Friday night
raised a toast with each other and chatted informally at a
dinner.
Singh and Wen were seated together at the Gala Dinner
for the world leaders assembled here for the ASEAN Summit
tomorrow. Forgetting momentarily the serious issues, they
raised the toast with visible warmth reflected by their body
language. They also had some informal chat.

The two leaders came face-to-face after they discussed
serious and "difficult" issues that plague the bilateral
relations and deliberated on ways to take the relationship
forward.

At the dinner, Singh also chatted with Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton. He introduced his wife Gursharan Kaur
to her and they were seen together for a brief while.
Clinton is likely to have a pull-aside meeting with
Singh tomorrow when they will have opportunity to discuss
President Barack Obama`s visit to India beginning November 6.

Singh will have bilateral meetings with Vietnamese
President Guyen Minh Triet, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Loong and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard tomorrow
besides attending ASEAN-India and East Asia Summit.

PTI